Lewes is known as the ‘The First Town in the First State’. It was founded by the Dutch in 1631 and incorporated in 1883. In 2006, Lewes was selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s “Dozen Distinctive Destinations,” and was named a “Preserve America Community" by former first lady Laura Bush. Its history is rich and is on display in the Zwaanendael Museum.
Why Live Here
Lewes has a lovely mix of historic homes, new construction and established neighborhoods. Whatever type of home or community you prefer, Lewes will not dissappoint. Living in Lewes means dining, shopping, medical services and work are nearby. Live here, work here and play here!
Why Vacation Here
Loaded with quaint shops and delicious restaurants, Lewes is one of our favorite places on earth! Within a half-square mile you will find the Lewes Historical Society Complex, museums, amazing local shops and some of the area's best restaurants like Heirloom, who's head chef was a semi-finalist in 2019 and 2020 for the prestigious James Beard Award!
The town is situated where the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean meet at Cape Henlopen. The beauty of Cape Henlopen State Park cannot be rivaled! In this preserved land you find miles of beautiful beaches, nature trails and bird sanctuaries.
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